Sometimes a construction collaboration platform (or ‘project extranet’) can be too big for the project in question, and the project may not need all the construction-focused functionality associated with accessing, commenting upon and marking up of drawings. "What should we use?" I get asked sometimes.

I usually refer to generic products such as Projectplace, but I have just found another product. WebEx, better known for their real-time online meeting solutions, recently launched an "Integrated Collaboration Suite for Small Businesses and Individuals" called WebEx WebOffice. Prices start from $59.99 per month for a five-strong workgroup and up to 250MB of storage space. (The press release gives the press contact as one Colin Smith – not to be confused with BIW’s CEO!)

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